give off(redirected from give something off)
To emit, discharge, or radiate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "off." The heater is giving off a strange smell these days. She really gives off an angry vibe, so I thought she disliked me for the longest time!
give something off
to release something, such as smoke, a noise, an odor, fragrance, etc. The little animal gave a foul smell off. The flower gave off its heavy perfume at dusk.
Send out, emit, as in Certain chemical changes give off energy, or This mixture gives off a very strange odor. [Early 1800s]
To emit, release, or radiate something: This chemical reaction gives off a lot of energy. The refrigerator gave off a strange odor.